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President Obama's Lunchtime Visit to Ray's Hell Burgers

Obama & Biden Grab Cheeseburgers at Arlington Burger Joint

Maybe President Obama and Vice President Biden needed a break from white-tablecloth dining or perhaps they just felt like getting out on the town. Either way, the two took a short lunch trip yesterday to a popular local burger joint called Ray's Hell Burger.

Upon arriving at the strip plaza eatery, the duo declined offers from other patrons to cut the line. Ray's — which prides itself in serving unconventional sodas and cheesy tater puffs in lieu of fries — couldn't accept Obama's order for fries, so he went with the potato puffs and a bottle of water instead. To check out footage of the presidential lunch outing,


Since it's well-documented that President Obama prefers his burger medium well, it's no surprise that he ordered a basic cheddar cheeseburger, medium well, with lettuce, tomatoes, spicy mustard, and no ketchup. The executive branch must love its burgers medium well, since Biden ordered his Swiss cheeseburger prepared the same way, but topped with ketchup and jalapeño peppers, and a good old-fashioned root beer to drink.

The best part? When the cashier taking the presidential order wanted to take care of the tab, Obama insisted otherwise: "See all those people?" he said, pointing to the press pool that came along. "They'll write about how we were freeloaders." He paid for all the burgers in cash, leaving a $5 bill in the tip jar.

Check out the footage below — I was particularly entertained by the fans taking pictures of the president in the background — and tell me your thoughts.


lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
I'll be honest - I think I'm a little bit in love with Obama.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
This matters...umm why? Oh wait it doesn't. :)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I'm there at least once a month. I hope I would know the name. Duh!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Yeah, I knew that. I must have been typing too quickly.
stephsharer stephsharer 8 years
its rays the steaks. not rays hell steaks. but yes, both rays hell burger and rays the steaks are excellent.
ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
It's funny how people say he's a "sucky" president...he just had his 100 days in office not too long ago. Give him time. Great things don't happen overnight.
ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
This was 2 blocks from my office! I was so bummed I didn't know he was going to be there!!!!!
SouthernBelle82 SouthernBelle82 8 years
I agree it's nice to see people who are normal. Not too long ago the media also reported that Mr and Mrs Obama went on a date together. Their food sounds good. I love spicy mustard and I'm such a southern girl haha. It's like when he went to the Chicago/Lakers game and had a beer and sat with the crowd instead of in a sky box.
bumpirate bumpirate 8 years
this story changed my life
Isista Isista 8 years
It's not about what he eats, it's the fact that sometimes, he eats just like the average American. That's great to see that he is comfortable just acting like a regular guy sometimes. What I found odd though was listening to some of the news reports; one acted all offended because Obama had a "fancy burger": his spicy mustard was Grey Poupon. Oh my god, I can't even believe that he might prefer Grey Poupon over regular mustard, that's so unacceptable. *eyeroll*
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
stop the annoying anonymous commenters-they're REALLY SUCKY. Who cares what they have to say.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
On a side note, I have to respectfully disagree, familyfit. Obama's won the 2008 election; I'm sure he already has his eye on the 2012 election. Whenever he appears in public, it's not be accident. It's orchestrated by his PR team. (I'm not trying to rag on Obama; that's how it is for every high level politician.) I'm sure he likes burgers, but let's not forget that just a few nights before this he went to the $200 plus per person Citronelle. (Which I am determined to try while I am still living in D.C.)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Ray's Hell Burger is so good. I've been wanting to take my family there when they visit; hopefully the inevitable crowds will die down by then. Ray's Hell Steaks is amazing, as well.
Brangie Brangie 8 years
Obama and I have the same taste in burgers except for the cheese!
sham28 sham28 8 years
Ha ha, I recognize the plight of a fellow metropolitan area native, zoorph!
zoorph zoorph 8 years
At least they did it before rush hour, that's all I have to say. Can you imagine trying to get into VA if the motorcade was on the bridge? I'm all for the Prez having fun...But not at rush hour. :D
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
Lol. White cheddar. yum! A photo similar to the one above is on the front of the San Jose Mercury news, with 2 guys in the background starring at the president. kinda funny.
miznic miznic 8 years
I'm reminded (with a chuckle) of a comic strip I'd seen parodying him as "Barack Star"... with the number of folks in the crowds cheering him on, the nick fits. lol
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
Wonder if they make turkey burgers? I'd check the place out when I visit my family if they had that option.
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